Georgian Sound Salad

And… here you go! Another sound mix, for Georgia this time. Most of the stuff comes from one specific day, very special and very dear to me. You can read the whole story here (in English) or there (in French). I doubt the mix is actually able to render the exact atmosphere of that day, there is no emotions-microphone yet – and I don’t think there should be one! – but you might get kind of an idea. I hope you’ll enjoy it, I did tremendously enjoy my last day in Georgia, and also preparing this little mix, because it transported me right back to this tiny warm room in Tbilisi.

In this mix, you will hear:

- a choir rehearsal in Tbilisi. I went into that music school to ask for a room to practice trumpet (which they happily gave me), and then, about to leave, I heard people singing and went to listen to it. It turns out, choir rehearsals are everywhere similar: it takes a forever-dissatisfied teacher with a big voice and a strong personality, and singers who consistently keep quietly chatting with each other while the other voices are rehearsing. The place or the language doesn’t matter!

- passing cows and a passing car outside of Mestia, as we were hitchhiking and no one was picking us up

- a litany during the service at the big new (orthodox) church in Tbilisi; how refreshing, after two months of mosques in Turkey, is it not?

- a very brief demonstration of panduri, and traditional Georgian instrument (three strings)

- a Georgian folk love song

- my homeless friend-of-an-afternoon Michoko, trying to get the guitarist to play with him as he was singing a folk song; I think he was really hoping for panduri to accompany him, and his complaining about that (you notice at the end that the chap was quite drunk)

- Michoko finally singing a whole Georgian folk song, with his drunker-than-him friend Amiko for the second voice

- and to finish off, a last Georgian song about music and art, and how one should just keep singing :)

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